Oak Park proclaims 'Freedom to Marry' month

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

Oak Park affirmed its support of equality for all at a recent village board meeting by declaring June "Freedom to Marry" month in the Village of Oak Park.

The proclamation approved by trustees declared that the village has "fostered a community where diversity is encouraged and celebrated its vision of a more open and equitable society."

It also states that Oak Park was the first municipality in the state to adopt a domestic partnership registry.

"Attitudes and practices of discrimination, including discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals, harm both those targeted individuals and our society by undermining our fundamental commitment to principles of fairness and equality for all," the proclamation states.

It also emphasizes the importance of allowing all people to marry, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification — "The freedom to marry recognizes the worth of all families as marriage can strengthen families and provide the tools and security to build a life together."

In May, the village passed a proclamation related to fairness in housing for all in relation to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 11:05 AM

Brian Slowiak, dancers enjoy dancing to an audience. Without an audience there would be no Dancing With The Stars.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 10:01 AM

To Q from Oak Park: What do you think it would take to get Lisa Madigan, The Illinois Attorney General Office involved if there ADA issues? The footwork of Pope and Madigan would rival Dancing With the Stars.

Jason from River Forest  

Posted: July 3rd, 2012 9:35 AM

Let's call it freedom to get you spouse's pension and benefits for life month.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: July 2nd, 2012 6:44 PM

Another first for Oak Park.Let's take a part of that quote. "Attitudes and practices of discrimination .... principles of fairness and equality for all". Does that include ADA requirements for Mary Jo's Cheese Emporium at Marion and South Blvd.? From others posting, it doesn't appear to meet even Village code for sidewalks.

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